Sungazing, in various forms, is becoming popular. Last month we ran our first poll on our new Sungazing Plus page to see how often our visitors sun gaze. In these polls, we only want to count those who are doing sun gazing at least once a month, so there was no choice that said “Never”. This was done only to keep the number of responses to a manageable number. We may decide to include those who have never done sun-gazing in some future polls.
This first of many polls on the subjects showed that many people who visit this website do sungazing, and most (69%) said they do it daily, while 100% said they do it at least once a week (complete statistics for the survey are posted on the Sungazing Plus page).
Some people think that sun gazing is pagan sun worship. It isn’t. In Cosolargy, and most other schools that use some form of sun gazing, no one is taught that the sun is God. The sun is only an agent of God, a carrier of his Divine Light. And some people recognized in many religions as saints or holy men practiced it to various degrees.
St. Francis of Assisi was certainly no pagan sun worshiper, yet his spiritual awakening involved the sun. Few realize the importance of the fact that He was laying in his bed watching the sunrise when the revelation that awakened his spiritual side and transformed his life occurred.
Jakob (or Jacob) Boehme is another great Christian mystic who was awakened by the sun. In this case, Jacob was carrying a shiny metal bowl when the morning sun reflected off it striking him in the eyes. He entered a kind of ecstasy that lasted several days. When he came out of it, he began writing a series of books on spirituality and spiritual growth.
While much of what was taught in ancient mystery schools and spiritual schools is unknown, we do know that many of them practiced sun-gazing.
The Essenes were known to rise early in the morning, take a ritual bath, than climb to the highest spot in the area to “pray” while observing sunrise.
The Pythagorians of Greece, as well as the followers of Plato placed the sun and the associated sun gods in high esteem. It is likely that they too were sungazing. The Greeks and Romans were known to use sunlight for healing various physical and mental illnesses.
The ancient Egyptians practiced sun gazing as well. The images showing helping hands descending from the sun is a good indication of that, and writings from the time agree. The hands indicate a healing or helping power coming from the sun.